Leadership

Pastor & Staff

Reverend David L. Ledford, III

Pastor

The Ledford family began ministry with AUMC on July 1, 2021.

Reverend Dave graduated with a B.A. in Education from Kean University in 2010 and was a teacher before answering God’s call to ministry.  He went to Drew Theological School and graduated with a M.Div. in 2014.  Reverend Dave has served four different Greater New Jersey churches and communities during his eight years in ministry including Berkeley Heights, Warren, Phillipsburg, and (for the 5 years before moving to Absecon) Vincentown.

Establishing relationships, equipping the laity, empowering the youth, making new disciples and inspiring church members to be good and active Christian witnesses in the world are some of his first priorities in ministry.  Reverend Dave and his wife, Sherrie, have been married since 2016 but have been together since high school.  Their son Georgie was born in 2019.

Bob Coulon

Praise Team Director

A gifted musician, Bob leads our Praise Team during contemporary worship on Sunday mornings as well as our recording sessions on Thursday evenings.

Priscilla Cunningham

Director of Music, organist, and Choir Director

Priscilla is a graduate of Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Music Education (majoring in organ) and also has a Master's Degree in Education from Temple University.

She taught school for 32 years and has played in Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, as well as Methodist churches.  She has been involved in the music program at The United Methodist Church at Absecon since 1972, and has been here full time since 1976.

She directs the Cherub Choir, Chancel Choir, Senior Choir, and Cantata Choir, as well as organizes the instrumentalists for Christmas, Easter, Mardi Gras Sunday, and other special services.

Donna Payne

SenIor Center Director

Donna oversees one of our most expansive ministries, the Absecon Community Center for Seniors.  This program is open to all Atlantic County Seniors (60+) and provides
Socialization, Education, Fitness & Nutrition programs.

Liz Sabath

Sunday school superintendent

Liz grew up here in AUMC and is a familiar face to all in our community.

After teaching Sunday School for several years, she took on the role of Superintendent in 2005.  In addition to organizing volunteers and managing curriculum, she also oversees our annual Christmas Pageant and end-of-school-year carnival.  Liz’s love for all of God’s children is evident in every aspect of her life, and influences all she does.

Liz and her husband Joe make their home on Herschel Woolies Farm, among their numerous sheep, chickens, labs, and visiting grandchildren.